Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650


March 1, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University is offering several new courses for adults this spring through the non-credit adult education program. Registration is currently under way for more than 80 courses covering a broad range of topics including history, the fine arts, science, travel, communication, religion, language, business and personal finance.

"Continuity and Change in Putin's Russia" is a new course that takes a look at Vladimir Putin's leadership, how much has changed in Russia since his presidency and the prospects for the future of Russia. This four-week course, taught by Associate Professor of Political Science Stephen K. Wegren, will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning March 21. The cost is $59.

"Time Upon the Cross: A Parable of Spanish Missions and Missionaries in the American Southwest" is a new course that studies the moral and legal impetus in the Catholic Church in Spain's venture to the Americas. Taught by Clive Siegel, a William P. Clements Scholar in Southwest Studies, the four-week course will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning March 20. The cost is $59.

"Sir Winston" is a new, one-lecture addition to the SMU Informal Courses catalog. Historian Gordon L. Rice will examine the life, leadership and death of Sir Winston Churchill from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 at Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant, 205 NorthPark Center. Registration must be made by March 13 through the SMU Office of Informal Courses. The cost is $38 and includes lunch.

"Islamic Art" is a new four-week course that examines the diversity and religious inspiration of the art of Islam in rugs, pottery, glass, metal, leather, wood, painting, furniture design and architecture. Taught by art collector Marjorie Currey, the course will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning April 1. The cost is $59.

"Spanish Painting in the 16th-19th Centuries" is a five-week course that traces the development of Spanish art from the Renaissance through the Romantic and Neoclassical traditions. Taught by art historian Martha Anne Fielder, the class will meet from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on five Wednesdays beginning March 27. The final class will include a trip to the Kimbell Art Museum's Murillo Exhibit on Friday, April 26. The cost is $90.

"Mama Mia! Cooking in Italian" is a specialty weekend class for people fluent in Italian who like to cook. The class meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27 to prepare authentic Italian dishes in the kitchen of Daddy Jack's Wood Grill in Deep Ellum under the watchful eye of chef Salvatore Gisellu. The class limit is eight people. The cost is $79.

To register or receive more information, call Informal Courses for Adults at 214-768-5376 or visit the website at